Category: Projects

Fall Fashion – Neon Accessories



Neon Scarf

If you’re anything like me, you love those neons, whether it’s fall, summer or full-blown middle of winter. Who can resist the bright, bold, fun in neon colored accessories? Not me, and that’s why I stitched up a completely neon colored infinity scarf to add something spectacular to fall’s drab, dreadful neutrals.

Why do people ditch all things colorful the second the cool season hits? I’ve always wondered about this. Cold months are depressing enough as it is without taking away colors!

I notice people tend to go completely neutral when it comes to fashion in the fall or winter. Why? I’m not quite sure I could go an entire season without something colorful gracing my dry, tan-less body.

Yet people do. They switch to browns and grays and whites and cream colors and black. Go ahead, check for yourself if you don’t believe me. If you keep an eye out, trying to spot how many people you see today wearing bright colors, you won’t find as many as you do on an average summer day.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my neutrals as much as the next gal. Neutral colors are a must in all stylish wardrobes, but we don’t have to choose only neutrals just because the bland season is here. We can still be fun and bold and bright and vibrant, right?

So, I hope you folks will be inspired to try adding a small neon colored accessory to your own fashionable wardrobe this fall. Perhaps you’ll even be inspired to wear your own crocheted, neon infinity scarf to top off the grays and browns you’re covered in for the entire season.

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Believe me, it really does bring out your personality.

If you’re wondering about the scarf’s design, I actually just made this with simple double crochets using a size H hook and worsted weight yarn. I wanted something super fast so that I could have this baby made and wrapped around my neck as soon as possible. That explains my simple stitch choice, but I plan to work on another one soon that will feature a picot or ruffle styled edging.

What do you think about neon colors in fall and winter months? Is it against the rules or are you a colorful rebel?



Peacock-looking Yarn! Iris Bernat Handicrafter Crochet Thread

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I’m so excited to have just added (well, B, my significant other just added) this new crochet thread to my stash by Bernat. The thread has various shades of purple from an almost lilac shade in some places, to a deep plum, and mixed with various greens. I call it “peacock yarn,” because the colors remind me of those in a peacock’s tail. The actual name for it is “Iris,” though. And so far, I adore it.

This is my first time using the brand “Bernat,” so I’m impressed with the feel of the thread, and the colors, too.

So, hooray for new thread! I can’t even settle on what I’d like to use it for!

If you’re a crocheter or knitter, or someone who uses yarn/thread frequently, then you know the excitement of new yarn/thread. That feeling you get when you get home with a new roll. The hundreds of images rushing through your mind before you even make it home with the stuff — all the ideas of what you could do with it. A blanket, a scarf, a sweater, vest, etc. You begin imagining your new found yarn worked up in every possible way. It can be overwhelming! If you’re like me, new yarn/thread is hard to take your mind off, until you finally sit down and start chaining. I think a top/blouse would be pretty fun with all those unique colors, but then it’d also make for a unique, stand-out-ish scarf. I’ve never worn a scarf, though!
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What drew me to this yarn is the colors. It stands out amongst your plain whites, tans, blacks and other neutral colors of thread sitting on the shelf. Actually, I’ll be honest. I can’t take credit for the great taste in picking out this thread…
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It was B (my significant other) who spotted it and showed me. He had this adorable look of delight on his face as he held it out for me to see. The colors were so lovely that we both couldn’t resist! He knew it’d be right up my alley. And I did need a break from the white I’ve been using non-stop for months.

But, with a tub full of yarn (not much thread, though!), I am hesitant about buying new yarn/thread unless I feel like I really need it. He, on the other hand, says I can never have enough yarn/thread! Lol. He’s right. You really can’t ever have enough, much less too much of yarn/thread. But, I am a weird-o who’s strange about spending $ on items that are for myself, so I usually have to justify so many reasons in order to buy an item.

Not him! Before I could even read the label, B had 2 rolls swiped up and ready to purchase, bless him. He insisted, telling me I was not talking myself out of this one. He was getting it for me one way or the other, so I might as well just tell him how much I’d need.
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After he said that, I knew I’d better just thank him and accept it because there was no way I would be able to convince him that I couldn’t find something to use that thread in. At least a scarf, he said.

God bless his sweet little heart. He doesn’t even craft, yet he totally gets the “need” for supplies like beautiful yarn/thread and beads (I do jewelry too). In fact, he’s usually the one to pick out most of my supplies there as well. Ah, the benefits of having an S/O with such great taste.
And with such good taste, I trust him to pick out thread/yarn or beads for jewelry making all by himself! Lol. 😉

A Mini Review of The Bernat Handicrafter Thread in Iris:

I am totally enthralled with this Bernat thread. As you can tell in some of the many photos I’ve taken of the yarn, it has a subtle sheen, and somewhat of a silky feel to it. It’s a “0” for lace weight, but isn’t so thin that it makes a puny sweater. In fact, the amount I’ve got worked up so far is fluffy considering this is a thread, and especially a lace one at that. It’s not bulky, but has a surprising thickness once worked up. Being 100% acrylic, it has some give to it, even a bit stretchy once worked.

My first impression, and what I love more than anything about this yarn is the feel of it. It’s acrylic, but feels nothing like your typical bulky, acrylic yarn, which can often have a stiff, itchy feel to it. This is smoother than any yarn I’ve felt, which makes it a pleasure to work with. As strange as it is, I find myself enjoying the way it feels running through my hands as I crochet with it.

It’s going to make a very comfortable garment. More comfortable than the somewhat stiff mercerized cotton, which I honestly don’t love the way the cotton feels on my skin.

Something I like about using thread over yarn is that it has less of a tendency to split.

There are a couple of things I’m not 100% impressed with though.

1. I noticed as I work through the thread that there are some places where it’s kind of… damaged. No, damaged isn’t the most fitting word. It’s frayed. Some places, quite a few, actually, appear to be frayed & it’s annoying. While I’ve only really used 3 other brands of thread for crocheting (the mercerized cotton by Red Heart has been my go-to and a couple others that aren’t very popular as well) yet with those, I typically find only 1 or 2 places of imperfections throughout the roll. So, being that this Bernat thread runs higher than the Red Heart I’m used to, and comes with way less product for your $, I would prefer it didn’t have this many frayed spots. Like I said, I’ve ran into a lot of them, considering.

2. Well, call me a tight-wad (B often does), but I can’t help but wish it was cheaper! 😉 It seems this brand runs higher than the other threads at Walmart, like Red Heart. This thread is typically $5.99, but I did see it on sale on Walmart’s website earlier today for $3.45.

It’s acrylic material, which is usually the lowest costing yarn/thread material you can find. It comes with “approximately 350 yards,” per the label’s words. The Red Heart mercerized cotton thread I usually get comes with 400 yards (and no “approximately” on the label) and is about $6-something, for the largest roll. And the other sizes, like the 500 yards of Red Heart thread are only $2.53.

Aside from that, the roll contains far less thread than even Red Heart‘s smallest amount. I can’t help but feel like there’s not a full 350 yards of the Bernat on the roll. In fact, it feels like it isn’t even close to “approximately” 350 yards. I know that with Red Heart‘s smallest size, I can complete an entire tank top blouse with enough thread left over to do half of another one, if not more (depending on size and stitch, of course). But, with the Bernat Handicrafter here, I’m already seeing the cardboard roll and haven’t even gotten 6 inches of a size small tank top yet!

Price/Overall Best “Bang For Your Buck” Comparison:
Comparing price and amount of Bernat Handicrafter crochet thread with my regular brand Red Heart, Bernat comes up lacking. I feel like it might be overpriced for the amount you get.

I’m curious enough that I would like to measure out how much exactly there is with this Bernat thread, so I may find some way to do that with my second roll. 😉 Lol.

Aside from those little “cons,” I can see myself purchasing this brand again for small items, not for large ones. I don’t think I’d do something like an entire blanket using this thread simply because the price would end up being outrageous compared to the cost of using another thread, like Red Heart. Of course I wouldn’t pass up a chance to grab more if I found it on sale.

Note:
Any links in this post were placed there automatically — not by me at all.
I’m not an affiliate or in any way linked to or have a special relationship with either of the brands mentioned here. I’m nothing more than a customer of the two, and haven’t ever been asked by them for a review or anything such as that. I just chose to include a bit of my opinion about the two since I’ve recently used them. Obviously, nothing was given to me in exchange for the mention of either brands on my blog. The yarns I’ve talked about were paid for. Just thought I’d toss that information out there. I just like to give my opinion, and hope to be helpful to others 😉

Neon Crochet Accessories

When it comes to home decor, clothes and even accessories, am I the only one who can’t seem to resist neon? Especially neon pink. So it wasn’t long before I found myself with a stash full of neon pink yarn, and of course this was heaven to me. Neon pink yarn to crochet with. My head was spinning with ideas. A bright, bold sweater, a handbag, a clutch purse. You name it. Forget choosing only one, I had to add the gorgeous, vibrant neon pink yarn into virtually everything I crocheted for months! This was the result:

Clutch Bag
One of everything!

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I personally don’t carry clutch purses myself because they don’t have a strap, which I prefer since straps make a purse easier to toss on your shoulder and lug around. Also, I typically require a much larger bag to carry around my everyday items, so the medium-sized clutch I crocheted just was not very use-able for me. But I love it, and I thought surely there would be somebody who would love to have it, so I crocheted it anyways. 😉

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I have to admit, I was quite proud of how the clutch bag turned out. It’s big enough to hold most electronics, including some tablets. The fabric allows for a lot of stretch, too, so my nephew says it was perfect for holding his tablet securely. I used Velcro under the upper flap, and secured a beautiful, pink crystal/rhinestone to the top flap for added elegance.

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And a bracelet (which doubles as a headband, by the way) made from the fabulous neon pink and gray yarn combo was a must.

I actually got my inspiration from a pattern for the headband/bracelet combo online called the crochet chain bracelet by Knot Your Nana’s Crochet. If you click on the word “pattern” up there, you will be taken to Knot Your Nana’s Crochet blog where she was kind enough to post a tutorial/pattern for the bracelet/headband.

It’s made from simple chains, and is one of the quickest projects you’ll find. Very nice for beginners.
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Of course I had to make more than one, since I was happy with the finished product. To my surprise, other people commented on my pink and gray bracelet/headband and asked if I’d make one for them, so I had the pleasure of giving a couple away, which always makes my day.

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I absolutely had to crochet some type of storage container. I have a thing for organization (who doesn’t?) so this medium sized bag was perfect for hanging in the bathroom to hold small amounts of laundry.

…Or cosmetics and things like hairbrushes.
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This bag/basket hangs on the bathroom door knob to hold random items that either don’t have their own space, or just to hold something for a short period of time, like laundry. It’s been the most perfect versatile storage product I’ve ever used so far.

And it must have appealed to others too, because my crocheted bag that hung so beautifully on the bathroom door knob for months finally wound up missing. I didn’t mind having this one item taken, though because I like the idea of my family members making use of the items I have made.

Plus, it really was up for grabs. I had preferred it being used by someone. Sometimes it feels better to have hand made something for others instead of yourself, and I’d hoped I would find somebody who loved the bag I crocheted enough to want it. ‘Course had I not announced that it was something I would gladly give away, then I wouldn’t have been ecstatic about something just going missing. 😉

I love the way neon colors really stand out boldly against a neutral like black or gray. I adore the combo of gray with any neon color, which is why I’m saving my last neon yarn to use on a gray/neon pink sweater this upcoming winter.

Crochet Lace

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If you guys have been following my posts for long, then you may have spotted my last blog post where I had showed you my latest crochet project… If you did happen to see it, then I bet this crochet project in the photo above looks awfully familiar? That’s because the crochet lace trim/edge I had posted about last was so lovely that I could not stop! I seen too much potential in this design that I kept going — basically free-form crocheting each remaining row. The reason for this is the trusty ol’ inspiration struck again as I admired the finished trim/edging I’d crocheted.

I seen a skirt in that thin piece of trim. I seen a curtain for a small bathroom window. Most importantly, I seen the bottom portion of a bad a** peplum blouse! I know, it is kind of pathetic, but I am obsessed. I could not help myself, so I grabbed the hook and re-attached my thread and kept going, and going, and going. Kind of like I’m doing now as I type and can’t seem to shut up.

There’s something so elegant and classy about the peplum top. It’s so flattering! I know some of you despise them, and I can understand that, as I once thought they were somewhat unsightly too. But once I tried my first peplum style blouse on, I loved them forever. The bottom ruffle of a peplum top is just so darn feminine and the way it drapes is so beautiful on every body/frame that I can’t get enough of them. I’ve never seen a peplum shirt that I didn’t think looked beautiful on the wear-er.

Plus, the peplum top has a comfort similar to that of yoga pants. It looks so nice and put-together, yet the way the somewhat loose ruffled bottom drapes creates a flattering looseness that kind of conceals the shape of your mid-section’s frame. No, I’m not saying that’s a goal or something we should aim to do, as I don’t think we should “hide” our shape. There’s no reason to hide it, but sometimes it feels good and comfortable to wear something that is not form-fitting, or tight and uncomfortable. I like some room to move, and sit and a peplum top is like wearing a loose fitting t-shirt only it looks super classy and very put together. I like to top a pair of jeans or blue jean shorts with a pin-stripe peplum top I have that features a satin red ribbon belt that I tie in a bow at the side. It’s so easy, and creates an instant dressed-up look without actually having to try much.

So, there you have it. I’m a peplum fan, and now you know why. And now I’ve just ran out of my white crochet thread to finish (barely) the bottom peplum portion to this blouse I’ll be making. I so hate when I run out of thread (or yarn) before I’ve finished a project. This happens to me quite often. You may recall one of my last blog posts where I complained about this very thing! It was my niece’s dress, then. Now it’s my top.

The top portion will be tank top style, probably since I’ve yet to actually do sleeves except twice. I’ve never crocheted something from thread that had sleeves, either. It’s always a tank top. However, I do think I would like sleeves on this peplum top, but I never know exactly how a shirt will end up until I actually finish. I just go with whatever style and stitch comes to mind as I work. I usually have an idea of what I want in mind, but not completely, and the project often changes into something completely different from the time I begin! Obviously. I mean this was originally just an edging.

For the top half, I’ll probably use some combination of double crochet (like I did for the lace-y vest I crocheted and blogged about a few weeks ago) and whatever stitch comes to mind as I work it. I’m thinking of long, open stitches and some criss-cross stitches tossed in the mix, much like the double crochet cross-over stitch, which creates an awesome little “X” like design. For this top, though, I think I’d like the “X” stitches to be much longer than a double crochet cross over is. Perhaps I’ll use chains and attach them in a way that creates “X”‘s. I won’t want the entire top half to be totally see-through, though, so as always, I’ll be including multiple rows of double crochet.

The ‘design’ is stored in my mind. I have the vaguest image of it in my head, but hopefully when it begins to come alive, I’ll adore it. That was the case with the vest, anyways.

Since I still love the trim I’d originally made from this design, I’ll be making another (and leaving it at trim this time.. Hopefully). I had many ideas for that trim before it blossomed into the bottom of a peplum top!

MORE PHOTOS (BETTER QUALITY) COMING SOON

In fact, there’s a t-shirt I just re-fashioned and had wanted to use this very trim on the bottom hem of it. 🙁 I will have to wait until I get more thread for that.

So, what do ya’ll think? Did you like the trim/edging better than turning this into a peplum? What do you think of peplum tops? Love or loate? And last but not least, what projects are you currently working on? I’d love to see pictures!

Crochet Lace Trim/Edging


Hey my fellow crocheters,

I have found myself crocheting a lot this past week. Kind of trying to work my way through this bout of depressive feelings by keeping busy. I guess something good has come of it, though because I’ve managed to crochet this nice lace-y trim or edging. I didn’t even have a particular project in mind that I wanted to use this trim or edging on, but I know since the minute I took up crochet & knitting, I wanted to eventually have a nice stash of hand-crocheted trim/edging on hand because it’s so darn beautiful and can go with virtually anything.

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I actually have quite a few various trims I have crocheted, but I have yet to use any of it. I figure one day the day will come when I have a shirt or something that could use a nice lace-y looking trim to it, but for now, I just enjoy makin’ the stuff.
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There are so many possibilities, too. Lace-y edged pillows, trim for a dress, bedding, a t-shirt. Heck, I even imagined using it to trim a neckline on a regular ol’ top, and thought it would look lovely. I think I’ll also add this by the roll to my shop, just in case it ever takes off. At least potential “shoppers” would have something to choose from, huh? Kendra's Lace
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I have really enjoyed the stitching of this trim, though, and thought I could even keep going with it to make it wider, but am still unsure of where I’ll go with it at the moment.
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Do you guys crochet your own edging/trim for your projects? If so, what types of projects do you use it on?

Lacey Floral Crocheted Motifs (+ Free Patterns)

Finally, I’m back with a new crochet project! It’s been a while since I’ve gotten to update my blog here because I’ve been so busy working, and because I’ve not had the chance to really complete much of a new crochet project. I have, however, found time to crochet a few fun motifs that I’ve yet to find a way to use.

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One of my favorite things to crochet are motifs. They’re so versatile, and I’ve been able to create a couple of beautiful tops (a vest was the last project I made from motifs) out of them by stitching them together.

I’ve also made a small handful of flowers lately, which I had thought I’d be able to attach together and make the neckline of a blouse, but they didn’t exactly turn out the way I pictured. I’ve not really been able to freehand things like flowers (that aren’t a basic shape like a square or triangle) yet.

I’d love to be able to stitch a whole bunch of flowers together to create a loose blouse or create the top part of a blouse from, then crochet the rest using a stitch. I guess that’s something else that will take practice getting just right. I’ve seen many beautifully put-together shawls that use a flower and circle design, but I’d want a shirt instead. So, if I could find patterns like the flower shawls that I could alter to make into a blouse, I’d be all over that.

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Since I’m on the topic, would any of my fellow crocheters happen to have any suggestions for going about this idea? Maybe I could use the pattern of a shawl (one that uses small flowers attached together) and just make a large rectangle rather than the triangle a shawl is typically made into. From a rectangle, I could easily make a blouse! Now the ideas are a churnin’.

While I probably won’t get to use the flowers I crocheted (no photos of those, but can put them up if anyone is interested) in a top anytime soon, they’d at least be a beautiful addition to any piece of clothing, really. I love the way a combination of fabrics and crochet look together, so I might add some of the lacey-ish flowers to some blouses of my own, or my niece’s. The motifs, though, I hope to eventually be able to create something nice out of. I have a nice stash that’s only growing of various crocheted motifs — all made in the same white thread (I’m stuck on this stuff!) I love the lacey-ish appearance it has.

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I hope to one day (when I’ve gained more patience for repetitive motif crocheting), create a decorative throw or blanket from motifs like these.

I’m thinking of using some of the floral motifs to sew onto the elbows of plain ol’ long sleeve tops. Or I could put them on pillows. Or to patch holes in jeans. Or I could always just slap them together and make a lovely garland from them! There are so many awesome ways to use them. What would you do with these motifs?

And also, what are your favorite ways to use motifs? Do you add them to pillows, or clothes, sew em’ together and make a table runner? What do you like to do with them?

Oh, and as always, I’ve included links to the patterns I used to make these motifs (which can be found on this post here.) All were available for free, thanks to many bloggers (and companies) who are kind enough to offer instructions/tutorials free of charge.

*Other Projects I’ve been Working On*

My “main” project I’ve been working on the last month is a dress for my youngest niece. I like to have a little something small to work on in-between my big projects, so I chose more flowers and motifs that I might be able to use eventually.

It’s almost complete, but the straps still need sewn on, and of course those pesky yarn tails that are dangling from various spots on the dress need sewn in. I hate that part of crochet more than anything — tucking in your tails.

I’ll post photos of her dress once it’s complete. I’m actually not thrilled with the color combination at all. I started out with a purple for the bust and since I only had enough for a couple of rows, I planned to use a pretty decent sized roll of this other yarn that I thought would look nice with the purple (and Bug insisted I use it in her dress). But, to my sad surprise, I ran out of the yarn way before the dress was long enough! I could just buy a new roll, but I have had this roll for years, and it was given to me from B (my significant other’s) grandmother who’s passed away! On top of that, I’ve never seen the exact color in stores anywhere. I’ve seen a similar color from the Peaches N’ Cream line, but am really not that fond of any of their colors, including the one that’s similar.

When the yarn was given to me, it didn’t have the label on it, but appeared to be a full roll, and if not, it was very close. I call it “birthday cake yarn” because it’s a white color with small flecks of colors that resemble the sprinkles often decorated on a birthday cake.

So, I improvised when I ran out of the “birthday cake yarn” and used an off white to finish, which is not very close in color to the white of the “birthday cake yarn.” It’s disappointing because I thought the detail in the stitching (I combined several different stitches, including two different ruffle stitches) was absolutely stunning. She adores it already, so that’s all that matters, but I’d have loved to have felt a sense of pride or something upon seeing my completed project.

Unfortunately, I didn’t even enjoy the stitching of the bottom portion! I know, what a Debbie Downer I am, right? Lol. It was just very tedious and hard on my hands. It’s something similar to a shell stitch. I typically enjoy the fun of crocheting, but this project didn’t go smoothly like your average single crochet or something.

I figure since I love the look of the stitches, though, I’ll try to use another very similar stitch (probably opt for some kind of shell stitch) and try to find the patience to crochet another one, making sure I have plenty of yarn this time! That way, I can post photos of it and enjoy the look of it myself. And I’d like to try and have it in my shop (Laughing Flamingos,) hopefully that may be something that’ll draw the shop some attention.

Well, enough talk about my projects. I can post an image when I’ve completed the dress & maybe get some feedback from ya’ll. Perhaps another set of eyes could be useful, especially regarding the color combination.

Lacey Crochet Vest Completed!

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Folks, I have finally completed my crochet vest I’d posted about previously! In that last post, I showed you guys the beginning of the vest where I was working on it at that moment. It was basically a long rectangle of Sunflower Motifs then. I free-handed the rest to create the shape and style I wanted. Since I wanted a racer-back style vest and couldn’t find any crochet pattern like that, I just eyeballed a racer-back tank top I had and did the rows accordingly. Here is the finished product. I’d love it if you guys let me know your thoughts on this. As you can tell, I’m quite proud of it since it’s only my second ever free-hand clothing piece. Of course I followed the pattern of the Sunflower motifs, which I linked to in my previous post.

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The vest will of course be available for purchase in my shop Laughing Flamingos if anyone’s interested.

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Project Crochet Giveaway — Or Why I’m Giving My Crochet Away

 

 

 

Hello everyone! How are you all? I hope everyone is well, and crocheting their hearts out like I have been.

 

I’ve been on a mission lately. A mission to… You guessed it! Give away my crocheted products! Why would I do such a thing, you ask? Well, for several reasons. Let me explain.

 

What is Project Crochet Giveaway?

I started Project Crochet Giveaway mostly because, like any crocheter (or other crafter), I love the work that goes into creating something, but I also want that something to be appreciated and used… and loved. Most people have family members and friends who are happy to have anything they make, but mine have not shown a great interest in just any item I crochet.

 

It’s been my deepest desire to have people using my items, and loving them, obviously. One of the main reasons I got into crochet was because I’ve always had an intense love for giving and helping others. I adore it. I live for it. So what better way than crochet?

 

My dreams have always been filled with giving to others. I’m not even kidding. I’ve brain-stormed billions of ways I could crochet useful things that would make people feel good, or warm or whatever.

 

To put it in a nut-shell:

Project Crochet Giveaway involves giving away crocheted items by leaving them at random in public places. I include a note for some added cheer, and obviously to let people know they can take the items.

I’ve crocheted a few handfuls of various fun little items, making sure to use something with versatility so that folks can use them any way they want. For instance, the flower and owl appliques I’ve made can be sewn on as appliques (sewn onto purses, clothing like t-shirts and baby onesies, or used as decor by slapping a magnet to the back and sticking it on the fridge, etc.)

Here are some of the other items I’ve used in Project Crochet Giveaway

 

 

 

Of course I hope to update to other items to giveaway instead of just flowers. At the moment, I have a handful of little owls and one small, stuffed bear I’m working on to add to the project! It’ll be small, but I figure a child (or adult!) may enjoy it. I’ll be leaving a hanging ribbon on his head so that he can be hung up (perhaps on a car mirror, if an adult wants him.)

What Else Inspired Me to Create Project Crochet Giveaway

Add to that, fellow crocheter and  blogger Jamie from Scissors and Steam who blogged about crocheting an adorable owl while on vacation where she left her owl as a gift to the next people who stayed in the cabin she was in.   And bam! The perfect way to give away my crochet was born. Okay, it didn’t go exactly like that, but eventually, the idea to simply leave the crochet items somewhere for others to pick up was inspired shortly after reading her post. That post of hers really struck me. I knew the minute I read about her doing that that something big had sparked inside of my giving heart. I knew it would somehow end up inspiring the ideas I’d desperately been hunting for for so long in my head regarding how the blasted he** could I make people take my crocheted products.

So, there you go. Project Crochet Giveaway is my new baby.

 

The Project/Challenge in Action:

The photo you see above is bad quality, but it captures the very first action of Project Crochet Giveaway. It was the first little giveaway and guess how I done it?

After tons of brainstorming ‘Where will I leave my items? Where is a place that people will feel comfortable taking the little products I leave?’ I came to one of, probably, the oddest ways possible: in the bathroom! As long as it isn’t packed, most people would feel comfortable taking something without feeling judged or anything.

So, I scrawled up a letter to my future takers. That’s what you see in my photos above. Of course it isn’t beautiful. It’s just a piece of notebook paper with a cute owl stamped at the top.

 

This is what the note says:

 

“Want me? Take me!

I was put here to make you smile, but if you don’t adore me, please leave me here for someone who will. 

You can sew me onto t-shirts, bags, other clothes, or just slap a magnet to my back and I’ll hang out on your fridge!”

And I figured it wouldn’t hurt to include my shop’s link just in case there might be some chance the receivers would like to see more items of mine. It’s a mini way to spread the word, locally about your shop, or in my case, hopefully get the word out that I crochet and would enjoy receiving requests from people if they wanted something. . .

 

“If you’d like to see more cute fellas like me, check us out online at our store Laughing Flamingo.” (except unlike the online world, in the real world, you can’t use text links! Lol. So I obviously wrote out the URL.)

 

*The notes vary from item to item.

How I do it

Basically, what I’ve done is crochet a bunch of different, small items like flower appliques in many colors. I tried opting for the bright, vibrant & happy colors because my main intentions for this project are to really bring a sense of joy and happiness to people. I want my little items to be the rainbow in someone’s storm. You know how you’ll be having a terrible day or something awful happens and it seems like the little good things come to meet you at that perfect time when you needed it most, the time when you were so down that having some random, little thing come to you seems to have been sent there just to brighten up your day. Just for you! Do those things ever happen to you guys? Can anyone relate? Or am I just a freak?

That feeling that you get when you weren’t feeling your best & someone reaches out and does something (minor even) that seems to put you in awe and gives you that rare, warm and fluttery feeling inside.Or perhaps it’s not a person, but something. Something happens during a moment you could use that something the most. A moment that causes you to appreciate that thing more than you otherwise would had you not been having such a ‘moment.’ For instance, you were just in an argument with your spouse and the day just feels like crap. The only thing that can ‘fix’ the crappiness is a good, hearty apology. Everything else about your day is quickly rolling down the rock-embedded hills because that’s just how these events happen. You’re late, then you lose something, etc. Domino effect, right?

Through your huffing and puffing, you happen to be digging through your purse for something (and of course since it’s a crappy day, you’ll obviously be digging forever and probably won’t even find the lip gloss or paper or receipt you needed) right before you break down, you pull out your… wedding band that you’d cried and panicked over for days because you just knew you’d left it in that hotel. You’d beat yourself up over losing your special ring forever. You probably even angrily visualized some crook with a crap-eating-grin on his face as he found the ring. Then, of course he went and pawned it because he’s a crook, and that’s just your luck. You’ll never get to have that beautiful, sentimental ring on your finger again & the pain will be there forever.

 

And what do you know? When you open your hand to see what that cold object was you grazed across at the bottom of your purse was. Your ring! The crook was kind enough to have tracked down its owner and secretly place it in her bag  after all!

What does that feel like? You know those kind of feelings? How some minor little thing just brings you a rare sense of joy, peace or happiness and it just completely turns your day around. Maybe even impacts you in such a memorable way that you’ll always cherish the memory and smile when you see something that brings the memory back to you.

That describes perfectly the kind of feelings I want to give to people. Those feelings are the whole reason Project Crochet Giveaway meant enough to me to start something like it.

I know. It’s small. It’s just a little flower made of yarn (good yarn, I might add!)  It’s not like I’m anonymously sending random folks a million dollars and a trip to Hawaii, right? It’s just a tiny thing that you may think is so minimal that people will walk past the taped-up flower and note & roll their eyes at it. They may even tear it off McDonald’s bathroom mirror, toss it in their purse just to end up throwing it in the trash next time they clean out their purse.

Maybe these items will mean nothing to anyone. The employees may even toss the items in the trash themselves, but it is what I can do. It’s the one thing I know how to do and so while I’m having fun with this on-going project, I’ll know that I’m at least taking action to contribute to just a little ounce of happiness in the world. It’s my intention that people will get to experience something good from my items.

Well, that’s enough of that! I think I’ve made my point.

So, will you guys be joining Project Crochet Giveaway challenge?

Are there any other crocheters out there who can relate to what I’ve said, and enjoy a challenge/project such as this? If so, what kind of ideas do you have? I can’t wait to hear about them! If you do decide to join me, I would love it if you shared your photos or experiences with me, too! Where are some places you’d leave yours?

I love wondering who will end up with my items each time I leave the place I’ve left them. It feels good to imagine what they’ll think when they see it. It’d be even lovelier to get to see the person’s face when they walk out with the item in their hands (or purse!)

So far, some of the places I’ve left my crochet love include: Public restroom mirrors (odd & possibly gross, I know, but hey. Why not?) Taped to trees in high-traffic areas, on the side of buildings where entrances are, doctor office waiting room, etc.

I’m considering other places and it’s a blast to go around and stick them up at different places in my area! Even better, the feeling of knowing there are a dozen random folks out there with one of your little crochet pieces is so fun.

 

I’ll update as I continue Project Crochet Giveaway.

 

If you join, please share with me! It would be awesome to see this happen all over the world. Just a fun way to make someone smile, and like I said, it’s been a blast using our imaginations and putting these up everywhere! B, my sweet boyfriend & I are doing it together, so if you’re up to it, have a friend to join with you! It’s so much fun that way.

Do you guys have any ideas of items that would be nice to crochet & giveaway? Of course flowers are loved by everyone, but aside from the owls and stuffed bear I mentioned, what ideas would you have?

Lots of love & I hope to see you guys having fun with this too!

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